Wed, 18 Sep 2019

Over 120 Churches Damaged by War in Syria Since 2011

Voice of America
10 Sep 2019, 04:05 GMT+10

BEIRUT - A Syrian war monitor associated with the opposition says over 120 Christian places of worship have been damaged or destroyed by all sides in the country's eight-year conflict.

The Qatar-based Syrian Network for Human Rights said in its report Monday that the Syrian government was responsible for 60% of the attacks. It said the rest were done by the Islamic State group, the al-Qaida-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other rebel groups.

In one attack, IS used bulldozers to destroy the ancient Saint Elian Monastery in 2015. Other sites were damaged by combat or shelling.

Christians made up about 10 percent of Syria's pre-war population of 23 million. Half the population are now either internally displaced or have left the country.

The Syrian government had no immediate comment on the report.

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